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Xavier Collette is an artist from Belgium who provided artwork for the role-playing game Kuro.

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Il était une fois l’histoire d’un petit garçon, né dans un petit royaume, connu sous le nom de Belgique (ou de plat pays, selon un certain ménestrel local). Ce petit bonhomme avait une particularité, il aimait créer des mondes imaginaires, et s’évader à travers des histoires remplies de créatures étranges, et il aimait, par dessus tout, prendre son crayon, son bic, sa plume, à vrai dire, tout ce qui lui passait par la main, pour les dessiner, les gribouiller.

En grandissant, le trait se fît plus précis, et quelques personnes pensaient qu’il était plutôt doué, pour donner vie à ces personnages. Il dessinait partout, sur ses cahiers d’école, les nappes du restaurant, rien n’était épargné. Puis, au fil des années, bien que ce besoin fut toujours présent, il abandonna cette passion pour « apprendre ». Des histoires de sinus, cosinus, logarithmes népériens, des théorèmes de Pythagore, de Thalès, de la règle de l’Hospital… tous ces mots effrayants, qui hantent les esprits des élèves détestant les mathématiques, lui plaisaient. Un cursus qui l’emmena jusqu’au bord des études d’ingénieur…

Mais… Car il y a un « mais »….

Un petit démon enfui profondément refît surface! L’envie de gribouiller, hachurer, dessiner… Elle était à nouveau là. Impossible de la contenir. Il quitta alors ces grands délires mathématiques pour revenir à ce qui avait toujours été sa grande passion: le dessin. Changement d’orientation, et direction l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts de St-Luc, dans la petite ville de Liège, de laquelle il sortit quelques années plus tard, avec un diplôme en graphisme.

« A moi la vie de dessinateur!! » se dit-il naïvement. C’était sans se douter que ce chemin était long et sinueux. Néanmoins, cette longue route lui permit de travailler dans des domaines variés, en réalisant, à ses débuts, des couvertures de roman pour les éditions Mille Saisons, des illustrations pour les jeux de rôle Qin et Kuro, pour les éditions 7ème Cercle. Il eut aussi la chance d’apprendre le métier de character designer au sein de la société de jeux vidéo 10Tacle. C’est après tout cela qu’il décida de se mettre à son compte, et, à nouveau, la chance pointa le bout de son nez. Des rencontres heureuses l’amenèrent à ses premières publications, avec son premier livre jeunesse Seigneur Puma (aux éditions MiCMaC), et l’adaptation du roman de Lewis Carroll, Alice au pays des merveilles (aux éditions Drugstore), pour laquelle il travailla avec David Chauvel, auprès duquel il apprit, et prit goût à la réalisation de bandes dessinées.

Entre-temps, il s’exila dans l’ouest d’un grand pays voisin, à Rennes, en Bretagne, pour suivre une autre rencontre importante de sa vie, sa moitié, dessineuse et auteur, Rozenn. Une première collaboration vît le jour sous la forme d’un livre jeunesse: Le chat qui avait peur des ombres.

Actuellement, il travaille sur plusieurs projets de livre jeunesse, bande dessinée, réalise toujours des couvertures pour différents éditeurs, tel que L’Atalante, Pocket, Pocket Jeunesse, MiCMaC, et sur divers jeux, pour les éditions Hazgaard et Libellud.

L’histoire ne peut pas se finir par le traditionnel « ils vécurent heureux et eurent beaucoup d’enfants », car l’histoire est loin d’être finie, mais on peut d’ores et déjà dire qu’il vit heureux, et épanoui dans son métier.


Translation courtesy of Google:

There was once a story of a boy, born in a small kingdom, known in Belgium (or flat country, according to a local minstrel). This little guy was a feature he liked create imaginary worlds and escape through stories full of strange creatures, and he liked, above all, take his pencil, his pen, his pen, indeed, any what went through his hand to draw, scribble them.

Growing up, the man might relate to specific, and some people thought it was pretty good, to give life to these characters. He drew everywhere, on his school notebooks, tablecloths of the restaurant, nothing was spared. Then, over the years, although this need was always present, he abandoned this passion to "learn". Stories sinus, cosine, natural logarithms, theorems of Pythagoras, Thales, rule of Hospital ... all those scary words that haunt the minds of students hating math, pleased him. A curriculum that took him to the edge of engineering studies ...

Mais… Car il y a un « mais »….

A little demon fled deep resurfaced! The urge to scribble, hatching, drawing ... She was there again. Unable to contain it. He left these great mathematical delusions to return to what had always been his great passion: drawing. Change of direction, and the direction the School of Arts in St-Luc, in the small town of Liege, which he left a few years later with a degree in graphic design.

"To me draftsman of life !! " he thought naively. It was unaware that this path was long and winding. Nevertheless, this long road allowed him to work in various fields, realizing, in its infancy, the novel covers for editions Thousand Seasons, Qin illustrations for role playing and Kuro, to the 7th Circle editions. He also had the chance to learn the craft of character designer within the company 10Tacle video games. It was after all this that he decided to start his own, and, again, luck pointed the tip of his nose. Happy encounters led him to his first publications, with his first youth book Lord Puma (the Micmac editions), and adaptation of the novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (the Drugstore editions), for which he worked with David Chauvel, from whom he learned and took a liking to the realization of comics.

Meanwhile, he was exiled in the West of a large neighboring country, in Rennes, Brittany, to follow another important meeting of his life, his half dessineuse and author, Rozenn . A first collaboration should see the day in the form of a children's book: The cat who was afraid of shadows .

Currently he is working on several book projects youth, cartoon, still performs covers for various publishers such as L'Atalante, Pocket, Pocket Jeunesse, Micmac, and various games for Hazgaard and Libellud editions.

The story can not end up the traditional "happily ever after and had many children" because the story is far from over, but already we can already say that he lives happily and blossomed in his trade.

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